The Labyrinth of All Goodness: Backwater Delight
Fun Fact: The 1997 Booker prize winner Novel God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy was based in the village adjoining Kumarakom, Ayemenem. The success of the above mentioned novel gave the place a high rise boost in terms of popularity among those who have never been here. Kumarakom, also known as the Backwater Paradise of Kerala has been pronounced as a Special Tourism Zone by the Kerala state Government, under the legislation of the Kerala Tourism Act, 2005.
How to Reach Kumarakom?
You can reach Kumarakom by the following means:
- By rail: via Kottayam (Nearest railway station, 16 km from Kumarakom). A cab can be fared to visit the tourist places.
- By boat: From Muhamma (near Alappuzha) to Kumarakom Jetty.
- By air: via Kochi/ Cochin International Airportapproximately 80-133 kilometres (50 mi)
- By road: Buses and taxis are readily and regularly available from Kottayam.
Kumarakom Bird sanctuary is a home to numerous migratory birds such as Night Herons, Golden backed Woodpeckers, Paradise Fly-catchers, Kingfishers and Egrets. Rapt view of the Vembanad Lake, the largest backwater lake in Kerala and marine life are heart capturing at any moment. Expanses of Mangrove, paddy and coconut Groves can be seen throughout the place. The climate is trivially tropical in nature.
Places of Attraction:
Vembanad Lake: Bagging a high spot in the Kerala Geographical features, Vembanad Lake is a definite sightseeing spot if you’re planning to visit Kerala. The camaraderie of the place with the scenics is a one stop solution for the photographers. It is an ideal romantic getaway as it contributes the name Backwaters Paradise. Boating, Yatching, Fishing and Panoramic sightseeing is facilitated for the tourists by local resorts and guides.
Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary:
As mentioned above Kumarakom Bird sanctuary is a home to numerous migratory birds such as Night Herons, Golden backed Woodpeckers, Paradise Fly-catchers, Kingfishers and Egrets. Sight-Seeing can be done at any time between 6AM-6PM and the place can be reached through canoes steered by local fishermen to the entrance.
Aruvikkuzhi Waterfall is yet another photographer’s haven. It captures you with the serene and invigorating scenic.
Bay Island Driftwood Museum is another one of the kind tourist attractions. It was laid by Raji Punnose, a school teacher. It showcases the artworks made up of wood carvings recovered from the water bodies.
Apart from, the labyrinths of lagoon, Bird Watches, rivulets and other scenic, Kumarakom is also home to meticulous and ancient pilgrimage sites. The place has even demographics and thus is home to pilgrimage sites of all the religions.
Juma Masjid– The 1000 year old Mosque alongside Meenachii River is an intricate and meticulous wood art with astonishing interiors. It is a wonderful architectural attraction.
St. Mary’s Church which was built with European Architectural Designs is one of the oldest churches of Kerala.
Ettumanoor Mahadeva Temple is a temple dedicated to Lord Nataraja (Lord Shiva) .It has an always lit lamp, earthy murals which give a calm and peaceful aura.
Although, there are many resorts such as Paradise resorts, Backwater Ripples and Kumarakom Lake resort but the Taj Retreat Resort is the first modern Tourist Resort established back in 1881.
We wish you a very soothing and rejuvenating stay in Kumarakom . Be sure to check for the place’s native proceedings in order to have a peaceful stay.